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Video:Repair Cracks in Wood Cabinets

with Debbie Anderson

Wood cabinets are beautiful in kitchens but they have a tendency to crack. Check out this video tutorial to repair cracks in your own wood cabinets.See Transcript

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Transcript:Repair Cracks in Wood Cabinets

Hi! I'm Debbie Anderson for About.com! Finished wood kitchen cabinets are beautiful, however, sometimes they have a tendency to crack in weakened areas of the wood. So today I'm going to show you how to repair a small crack in a wood cabinet in just a few easy steps!

Tools Needed to Repaid Cracked Wood Cabinets:

  • stainable wood filler
  • fine-grit sandpaper
  • a pair of vinyl gloves
  • foam paint brush
  • a can of wood stain
  • small putty knife
  • clean work rags
  • tack clothe
  • liquid dish soap
  • clean sponge

Clean the Wood Cabinet's Surface

First, pour a small amount of liquid dish soap on a clean damp sponge and thoroughly clean the area where the crack is located in the wood cabinet. Rinse the sponge under warm tap water and then wipe away any left over soapy residue on the wood cabinet's surface on or around the crack in the wood cabinet.

Next, thoroughly wipe down the area with a clean dry work rag and allow the area to completely air dry.

Fill the Crack in the Wood Cabinet

Once the wood around the cracked area is dry, squeeze a liberal amount of wood filler into the cracked area to be filled and firmly press the wood filler into the crack with a small putty knife. Repeat this process until the cracked area is filled to slightly above the surface surrounding the cracked area.Allow the wood filler to completely dry.

Next, use your fine-grit sandpaper to gently sand the dried wood filler until it appears smooth and flush with the surrounding wood cabinet surface. Then, use a clean dry work rag to wipe away any larger particles of sanding dust. Next, use a tack clothe to completely wipe away any remaining smaller particles of sanding residue that are clinging to the area.

Stain the Wood Cabinet

Finally, after putting on your vinyl gloves, load a small amount of wood stain on a foam paint brush and carefully apply the wood stain in long smooth even coats until the repaired area appears to be of a similar color as the rest of the cabinet's wood finish. Allow the wood stain to completely dry.

Now, it's important to note here that this method is generally effective for smaller cracks in finished wood cabinets, however, if you're not seeing the results you want or if the crack is quite a bit larger than what you can repair on your own, always remember to consult the help of a cabinet repair specialist.

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